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Rolling through the Cloverwood with speed of meh. Here is the outlook for the Cloverwood this year.

2018 Cloverwood vs NC Opponents (4yrs): 6-9 (.400) (13-22 .371)
2018 Cloverwood Playoff Record (4yrs): 5-5 (.500) (17-22 .436)

Abbotsford

2018 Record: 10-2 (7-0)
Points Forced-Allowed Average: 43.8-14.25
Notable Returns: Dalton Feddick (QB/DB), Chase Sperl (OL/DL), Blake Draper (TE/LB)
Notable Losses: Joe Aguilera (RB/LB), Caden Decker (RB/LB), Chance Clement (RB/LB)

Notes: The Falcons used a high scoring rushing attack to propel themselves to a undefeated league record and a trip to level three last season netting 10 wins in the process. However the Cloverwood's lone D6 team has some major holes in the rushing game to replace as three of their top four rushers have graduated leaving returning QB and third best rusher from last year Dalton Feddick to pick up the slack in the meantime. The Defense should be able to carry the team early on as Chase Sperl and Blake Draper who led the team in tackles return.

Assumption

2018 Record: 4-6 (4-3)
Points Forced-Allowed Average: 20.9-25.1
Notable Returns: Jaret Hartley (QB/LB), Derek Bathke (OL/DL)
Notable Losses: Aden Elsen (RB/LB), Craig Elsen (RB/DB), Cole Stratz (RB/LB)

Notes: When last year rolled around the expectations for Assumption were as low as the numbers they were dealing with as a large senior class moved on. Coach Sullivan pulled off an amazing coaching job as Assumption got four wins in league play to make the postseason and the Royals played relatively competitive for most of the year. However if the Royals want to make a repeat performance this year it'll be behind new faces on offense as their top three rushers and quarterback have moved on. Also the question of numbers will most likely be an issue again as well. 

Athens

2018 Record: 2-7 (1-6)
Points Forced-Allowed Average: 19.3-35.2
Notable Returns: Dayne Deithelm (LB/RB), Connor Dedrich (QB/DB/LB)
Notable Losses: Seth Coker (QB/LB), Jordan Decker (RB/LB/DL)

Notes: As regular playoff participants in the Cloverwood for most of the decade, Athens has fallen off as of late missing the postseason two of the last three years. The Bluejays look to rebound from a 2-7 mark last season as Dayne Deithelm and Cooper Dedrich return to replace Jordan Decker and Seth Coker at RB and QB respectively. The Defense needs to step up as well as they gave up over 38 points in conference play last season.

Gilman

2018 Record: 8-3 (5-2)
Points Forced-Allowed Average: 37.2-10.7
Notable Returns: Gabe Gunderson (LB/QB), Brayden Boie (RB/LB), Kade Kroeplin (QB/LB)
Notable Losses: Maverick Birkenholtz (RB/LB), Kelvin Krizen (RB/LB), Togor Crick (LB/TE)

Notes: The pride of Taylor County had a strong season behind a dominant D which held teams to 10 points per game last season en route to a 7-2 record and a third place finish in the Cloverwood. The Pirates have their work cut out for them in their final year of 11-man as they need to replace Maverick Brikenholtz who led the team in rushing last year. They do have Gabe Gunderson returning at QB who threw for over 1,000 yards and ran for 380 on the ground to ease the transition early on. The question around this team could be numbers as well as only 15 players return from last year.

Greenwood

2018 Record: 4-6 (3-4)
Points Forced-Allowed Average: 15.0-30.6
Notable Returns: Wyatt Artac (DE/FB), Cooper Bredlau (QB/DB)
Notable Losses: Tragan Bogdonovich (SE/DB), Bryce Walde (RB/LB)

Notes: Greenwood managed to get into the postseason via tiebreakers at 3-4 but struggled to put up more than 15 points per game last season while the defense had issues of their own allowing teams to score at least 30 points per game. The Indians should have better output as both Cooper Bredlau and Wyatt Artac who were the top passer and rusher in their respective categories return to the team in hopes for a major push up the standings before moving to 8-man next season. The Defense should be improved as three of their top four tacklers from last year return to the team.

Loyal

2018 Record: 9-3 (6-1)
Points Forced-Allowed Average: 29.3-16.7
Notable Returns: Max Szymanski (RB/LB), Trevyn Wilke (QB/DB), Nathan Buchanan (RB/LB)
Notable Losses: Quinn Brussow (QB/DB), Stephen Buchanan (RB/LB), Zach Zimmerman (WR/DB)

Notes: The Greyhounds had another strong season last year as they made a run to level three in D7 before bowing out to Edgar capping off a 9-3 year. Loyal sees two of their top four rushers move on including Stephen Buchanan who led the team with 693 yards on the ground. Max Szymanski and Nathan Buchanan will try to make the transition as smooth as possible for the Greyhounds. The offense needs a new QB as Quin Besser has also graduated and it'll be between Wyatt Dietsche and Trevyn Wilke to see who runs the offense this year.

Owen-Withee

2018 Record: 2-7 (2-5)
Points Forced-Allowed Average: 18.0-32.1
Notable Returns: PJ Heggemeier (QB/S), Tyler Weaver (RB/LB)
Notable Losses: Andrew Petke (RB/LB), Dylan Tomczak (CB/RB)

Notes: The Blackhawks saw a seven year playoff streak snapped last year as they finished 2-7 and only getting wins against Athens and Thorp in conference play. If O-W wants to move back up the Cloverwood, they hope that Tyler Weaver and PJ Heggemeier can carry the bulk of the offensive load as their top two rushers from last year graduated taking with a combined 1,677 yards rushed and 15 of the 18 TD's scored with them.

Thorp

2018 Record: 0-8 (0-7)
Points Forced-Allowed Average: 5.9-47.3
Notable Returns: Jack Syryczuck (QB/LB)
Notable Losses: Carter Karaba (RB/LB)

Notes: Thorp had the lead against Wabeno/Laona in their second game of the year at halftime. Unfortunately Mother Nature decided that the Cardinals couldn't have any nice things and forced the game to be cancelled. The Cards struggled to be competitive as their all eight of their losses were by at least 26 points or more.

Predictions: I see possibly this year have a down year as across the board I see teams losing a lot of their top production on offense. There will be a few teams to watch as they may be dealing with low numbers possibly. I still going to say that Loyal and Abbotsford should be the top two teams in the league with Greenwood possibly grabbing third. Owen-Withee and Athens should see bounce back years while Assumption, Gilman and Thorp rounding out the field.

1. Abbotsford
2. Loyal
3. Greenwood
4. Athens
5. Owen-Withee
6. Gilman
7. Assumption
8. Thorp

Playoff Bids: Abbotsford, Loyal, Greenwood, Athens
On the Bubble: Owen-Withee
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Obviously for several of these teams, one key injury can throw things into disarray, but I would be careful sleeping too much on Gilman. They need to plug a hole or two on the lines, but all the skill positions should still be in pretty good hands with some of these younger faces.

The top two will remain unchanged, though I don't see either being as good as they have been. It will be interesting to watch 3 through 8 though. Of those, I think Greenwood is the only one with the horses to perhaps make a noticeable jump in the standings.
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I do see a lot of interchangeable parts for 3-8 and it will probably depend on which team gets in sync the fastest early on. Thorp I have the hardest time seeing them making much of a jump especially considering how non-competitive they were with the rest of the teams in conference.
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